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hiking
1 day ago

Great scenery, all around great hike.

The pyramid mountain trail system is really beautiful. The trails are well marked and neatly groomed, and there are varying levels of terrain for hikers of different ability. It's perfect for hiking and snowshoeing. That being said, please be aware that there are copperhead snakes present in the area. Obviously this is not the park's fault or responsibility, hikers are guests in the wildlife's home. We were so focused on keeping an eye out for foxes, bears, and deer that snakes didn't even come to mind and our puppy got bitten by one. We got him to the animal shelter for an anti-venom treatment ASAP, and he's going to be okay. I just wanted to make people aware of something I stupidly didn't think twice about.

Great trail for kids. Well groomed and marked. Falls were beautiful.

Some of my favorite views in N.J.!

You can also combine it with the Cedar Swamp Trail (the blue blazes) for some more cool scenery.

Full Moon Hike with REI on the yellow/white/blue trail to Tripod Rock in downpour rain. As a beginner hiker there were moments of intensity but overall excellent terrain and vista. Would love to do it again if only to see the moon without an overcast sky and rain. :)

Loved the variety of terrain, a lake, castle ruins, views of Wanaque Reservoir and Appalachian foothills from high up near the water tower. This map will help you find your way: NYNJTC_NJParkMaps-RamapoMtn_2015-85x11.pdf

trail running
25 days ago

went to this place to trail run. the terrain is a bit tough for trail running, I couldn't get any momentum built up because of all the rocks, tree roots, and rock scrambling. definitely not for trail running if you want to run fast, but definitely a decent hike if you're in the area. wouldn't go out of my way for it though, the views are lame and there wasn't that much to see. the balancing rock was pretty cool to see

Trail was well marked and had some good hill climbs and decents. trail was clear of overgrowth and fallen trees, easy to navigate, especially with the AllTrails map. the peak was a little lame, no view that I saw, and I didn't see the ruins. decent veiw at the top of the power line section. bugs were horrendous, spider webs, gnats, mosquito, and biting flies, but it was mid July and recently rained so it's just that season. the water fall was pretty cool, would have liked to hang out at the water fall a bit longer but had to keep moving because of the bugs swarming my head

Not as great as the reviews say, the waterfall was weak and after the waterfall there’s pretty much nothing else to see for the remaining 5miles. It lacks any scenic views for a hike that climbs 1.3k feet. It’s too challenging for the amount of views on the trail, and the road leading up to the trail entrance is terrible. I will def not be going back.

Beautiful waterfall. Steep stairs to get to the top, one or two areas to rest on the way up. Our dog had a tough time with the stairs. Views of the falls from the top are nice. We planned to do a hike and went maybe 30 minutes past the falls before seeing a black bear on the trail ahead of us, just before the trail split into the loop, so we ended up heading back earlier than planned. It was busy around the falls but very quiet on the trail (this was a weekday — maybe it’s busier on weekends!) we didn’t pass any other hikers until we were almost back to the falls. Hope to try the full hike again soon! Trail seemed great.

the waterfall is nice
the hike itself is high effort, low reward

1 month ago

Great hike! Nice views and a chance to see the river at water level and above

Good workout but garbage views

hiking
1 month ago

Too busy for my liking, tons of people including a bunch of children running around. The hike was ok, though Crater lake was also very busy with people blasting music. Basically if you're looking for seclusion go elsewhere.

challenging great hike.

July 1 2018 - 97 and humid in area.

A nice trail, though very buggy. I did not get any ticks but another in my group got 2. Trail is mostly shaded, good for a hot day. Did not find any waterfalls.

Be sure to really know the route in your head and look at the map on alltrails in detail. Even though the title is "Blue Loop", you actually only take the blue trail for ~1.2 miles, then to loop back you get onto the red trail.

We followed the blue trail for ~3.3 miles before we got nervous that we had done something wrong. Luckily we turned back because the blue trail would have taken us farther and farther away from the trailhead, and the sun was setting.

There is a small yellow "trail" which goes down to the neversink river which is nice if you have a few extra minutes towards the start of the hike.

Fun hike , a little bit of everything

Well marked. Very nice trail.

beautiful, but the trail markings need work.

pretty good views. nice stream, good lake. the trails should be better marked, we ended up cutting off a third of the hike before we realized it.

hiking
1 month ago

This is the tallest waterfall in NJ and it is right next to the road. Next to it is a great trail that takes you through a forest and leads to the Appalachian Trail. Tough in places but cool. Check out my full review along with some things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/buttermilkfallsnj

hiking
1 month ago

Plenty of shade. Great views—no ridge hiking though. Two hikers—two ticks. We tucked our pants and used spray and still had two. There is also plenty of poison ivy—it’s low so if you wear pants you’ll be in good shape.

Hiked this trail on a Wednesday afternoon. This trail is combination of blue, yellow, white, and red trails. Some parts of the trail are not marked well. Overall it was a decent hike. Lots of flies and frogs. Nice elevation, gets your heart pumping. AllTrails map helped me to find my trail when I didn’t see any trail marks.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked here around 9a on Sunday Father’s day and medium sized lot almost filled to capacity. Took the Oakland exit off Route 287 north and entrance was on left about 1/2 mile after exiting.

Hike is primarily under shade of the woods and sometimes buggy. We did the blue trail to white with Van Slyke castle as our goal. True as others stated beginning of hike immediately takes you upwards and some scrambling and bouldering involved but moderate hike for most part. We took the labs and they were fine on leash.

Castle ruins were so neat to discover and the views towards NYC was breath taking. Ruins were approx 1.75 miles from lot so easily done. We packed lunch and ate when we reached the water tower that was another 1/4 mile beyond castle.

Def recommend. What a little gem.

Caution: poison ivy strewn around ruins.

hiking
2 months ago

Great Trail.

fun trail ! has a little bit of everything

Great 3hr hike! The falls did not have a lot of water so the falls were not that stunning. Took the road from the north to get to the parking lot. Was not much of a problem with a regular car. Had to evade some potholes but the road was in relative good shape.The first 1.2 miles to Appalachian Trail were all pretty much uphill and the hardest. During this part there was one point where you get to a 4 point intersection and we were not sure whether to turn right or go straight. We ended up going straight and stayed on the blue trail until the AT. Walking the AT was fun since we met many hikers with big backpacks who wanted to talk about how long they were already hiking on the trail and that thieves had stolen their food at the last camping spot :-( ! The path to Hemlock pond came quickly and was clearly marked. Along the path to the lake there were a lot of wild flowers that were blooming beautifully. These also lined the lake making the view of the lake stunning. We followed the orange signs around the lake until we got to the intersection that I described prior. This time we turned left to get back to the falls and the car. Visited the Waldeck Inn afterwards: great place for good food & drinks, and stunning views.

2 months ago

Nice place with good decent elevations. Not good trail marks. Easy to get lost. Have offline maps

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